NEW YORK – A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra's defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, ruling the outfielder's reputation already was so tarnished it could not be damaged more.
Dykstra claimed he was defamed when Darling alleged he had made racist remarks toward Boston pitcher Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series. Justice Robert D. Kalish in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan did not evaluate whether the remarks occurred.
Dykstra filed the suit in April 2019 against Darling, St, Martin's Press and Macmillan Publishing Group, then added Daniel Paisner as a defendant last September. Dykstra's suit followed the publication of Darling's book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.” Dykstra alleged defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Darling wrote Dykstra was in the on-deck circle at Fenway Park before Game 3 of the 1986 World Series while Boyd warmed up and was “shouting every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in his direction – foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff.” Darling called it “the worst collection of taunts and insults I'd ever heard – worse, I'm betting, than anything Jackie Robinson might have heard, his first couple times around the league.”
– Associated Press